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Fall 2022 Course

Legal Profession

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: In Class

This course is divided into two parts. The first part, focusing on the regulation of attorney conduct by rules and case law, will use my book, Real Ethics for Real Lawyers (3d ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2016, ISBN, 978-1-61163-876-9). The second part, focusing on the moral responsibility of attorneys, will use Coquillette, Cassidy, McMorrow, Lawyers and Fundamental Moral Responsibility (LexisNexis, 2d ed., 2010, ISBN, 978-1-4224-7025-1).

The goals of the course are not just to enable you to locate and apply the relevant law, but to give you the analytical tools necessary to handle the tough ethical dilemmas you will encounter in practice. The learning outcomes, therefore, are to give you a good working knowledge of the relevant professional rules, the key cases interpreting those rules, and how these rules are enforced in practice. Other learning outcomes of the course are to give you an “ethical tool box” to supplement the positive law, and to assist you in navigating those problems that are not easily resolved simply by applying rules. Developing your moral compass has always been a key goal of any good legal education.

Note: This course is primarily available to JD 3Ls and LLM students. Seats will open to 2Ls if space provides.